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Decent work along the value chain, in the platform economy and for internationally migrating domestic workers

duration: 3 years (From 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022)
budget: not communicated

The project is composed of six different sub-projects with separate project objectives.
In Latin America, the focus is on strategy development - how can national trade union confederations promote compliance with labour standards in industries that are part of international value chains? National strategies are developed and implemented, and participating trade unions are supported in their own reform efforts.

In Bangladesh and Morocco, in cooperation with the international trade union IndustriALL global, we support trade unions on the ground in enforcing binding regulations in the textile industry (Global Framework Agreements), which it has concluded with major fashion brands and which also includes supplier companies in the countries of the Global South. The focus is on freedom of organisation, the right to collective bargaining and freedom from discrimination.

In Africa (Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana), many services of general interest have been privatised under pressure from international financial institutions and donors. This affects elementary basic rights such as water supply, waste management and energy supply. In many places, the availability of the corresponding services in good quality for the majority of the population has suffered under privatisation. Working conditions and the possibilities for organising workers have also deteriorated considerably. National, regional and international solidarity and strategies are needed here. This is what the cooperation with the Global Public Sector Union (PSI) in this project stands for.

In South Africa, new strategies for dealing with digital platforms for work are being developed and implemented. In the process, the opportunities of digitalisation are also to be used. A cooperative platform by domestic workers for domestic workers is to ensure that working conditions are improved. In addition, the platform will serve to increase the exchange and organisation of the otherwise rather isolated domestic workers.

In the Philippines, we support the formation of an internationally active trade union and the improvement of living standards of migrant domestic workers. Activists are trained and accompanied, who become active in some migration destination countries (Hong Kong, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Macao, Singapore) and establish counselling and support structures on the ground.

Together with IFWEA in South Africa, we implement a digital training on how to do digital education for trade union activist.

Develop and put into practice forms of trade union organisation and action that serve to make working conditions fair in production along value chains, in the platform economy and in the international migration of domestic workers, and also to demand compliance with international core labour standards in such contexts.

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